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712,000 counselling and testing encounters for HIV

Source: UNDP

Transmission of HIV from mother to child eliminated

Source: UNDP

95% retention on ART 12 months after commencing treatment (2016)

Source: UNAIDS


The World Health Organization has declared Cuba the first country to have eliminated the transmission of HIV from mother-to-child













Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV 

The World Health Organization recently declared Cuba the first country to have eliminated the transmission of HIV from mother-to-child, a landmark in the response to HIV globally.  Cuba’s comprehensive health system is available for all citizens equally, and is effective in integrating the health care of mothers and children with the health management of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Because of this integration, Cuba has been able to offer early access to prenatal care, testing for both pregnant women and their partners and treating women and their babies when they test positive. These interventions are vital to preventing the transmission from mother to child. Because of Cuba’s comprehensive prevention programme, by 2013 only two babies were born with HIV. 



Project overview

UNDP has supported Cuba’s response to HIV and AIDS since 1998. Initially, support focused on obtaining resources for community education activities and HIV prevention resource centres. With the advent of the Global Fund, UNDP took on the role of Principal Recipient for all HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis grants provided to Cuba. These grants fund prevention and treatment, community mobilization and support, and programming with key affected populations. The UNDP-managed Global Fund TB grant supported awareness campaigns and prevention efforts among at-risk communities, including people living with HIV, the elderly, disabled, and psychiatric patients; trained health care personnel to improve diagnosis and treatment of TB; and strengthened the TB laboratory network across the national health system.



TB case detection rate (2016)

Source: World Health Organization

Treatment success rate for all forms of TB (2015)

Source: World Health Organization

HIV positive TB patients on ART in (2015)

Source: World Health Organization

TB incidence

Source: World Health Organization

Maternal and infant mortality rates

Source: World Health Organization



Disease Component





Period 2 (Jan 2018 - Dec 2020)





Overall Grant Rating 



  Exceeding expectations


  Meeting expectations




  Inadequate but potential demonstrated




  No rating available